New additions include streetcar projects in New Orleans; Cincinnati; and Washington, D.C., totaling $490 million. True high-speed rail projects like California’s still fail to crack the list due to escalating costs.
Opponents ignore all the evidence that shows that public transportation is one investment that contributes to sustainable economic growth, that you really can have green investments.
Federal officials look at new rules to make streetcars more eligible — but overall funding may be cut in budget battles.
The 9.6-mile LYNX Blue Line light rail has been a runaway success for the City of Charlotte, N.C., and will be enhanced by a 9.4-mile extension expected to open around 2016.
The first modern streetcar built in the U.S. should be in service in Portland by the beginning of 2009.
As numerous cities are looking to reap the benefits of implementing streetcar systems, such as urban redevelopment and enhancing pedestrian mobility, many face hurdles when it comes to qualifying for Small Starts funding. Portland and Seattle serve as models for other cities looking to build projects without federal help.
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